West Chester Chess Club News and Announcements

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Feb 18 - Club Roster by Rating - Donald Anderson

Interested in where you're positioned in the club?  See the current club roster by rating.  No matter the rating there are no easy games in this club. :)

Feb 16 - 2024 Tournament Schedule - Donald Anderson

The West Chester Chess Club is celebrating it's 50th year. And we are stronger now than we've ever been thanks to all of you. Congrats to us!

Below is the tentative 2025 schedule (minus any unexpected closings).

    Dates Director Event
1    Feb 22-Mar 21 Donald Anderson Kickoff Swiss/Quad
2   Mar 28 - Apr 25 Aaron Biscoe April Showers Swiss/Quad
3   May 2 - May 30 Ed Snyder Blooming Spring Swiss/Quad
4   June 6 - July 4 Donald Anderson Independence Swiss/Quad
5   July 11 - Aug 8 Aaron Biscoe Founders' Swiss/Quad
6   Aug 15 - Sept 12 Ed Snyder Summer Swiss/Quad
7   Sep 19 - Oct 17 Donald Anderson Halloween Swiss/Quad
8   Oct 24 - Nov 21 Aaron Biscoe Thanksgiving Swiss/Quad
9   Dec 5 - Dec 26 Donald Anderson Holiday Swiss Only
    Jan 2 2025 Ed Snyder Club Championship
    Jan 2 - end of Championship Donald or Arron Reserve Swiss for those not in Championship

We'll have 9 tournaments (same as 2023). Anyone playing in the Open can qualify for the Championship. You only have to attend and play regularly and win 50% of your games to qualify (same as 2023). A lot of new strong chess players joined the club in 2023 and I expect some of you may be there at the end.

Sean is backing up from directing regularly. However, he may be available as a sub. A very grateful thank you to Sean for all his work.

Good luck to everyone. May the mate be with you.

Feb 16 - The Gap Swiss - Donald Anderson

Last night was the end of The Gap (2 rounds). Schedule permits us to start our 2025 chess season now.

Feb 16 - Final Club Championship Results - Ed Snyder

Here are the final Championship results and final standings. Ed Kline was unable to play last night and offered to forfeit his remaining two games, Joe Mucerino and Greg Nolan. They each get a point toward the Championship and are recorded as unplayed for USCF purposes.

It was a terrific tournament with all games being extremely competitive.

DENIS MARKOV is the 2024 WCCC Champion with an impressive 6 points out of 7 and going undefeated.

The race for next year's Champion starts next week. We had three new players last year and one this year. Anyone can get into it by being in the top eight players with the most points over the year. I believe the three big things necessary are to come often, win enough games, and beat some very strong players along the way. Will it be you?


Feb 9th - Championship Results - Ed Snyder and Jim Larsen

Good morning Chess Club members

Another great evening of chess enjoyed by a lot of people. The Championship games were as interesting as ever. Aaron Biscoe and Nate Bryans ended with Aaron down to about ten second and Nate at about fourteen. Both were trying not to run out of time and yet keep their composure and not lose. Nate managed to mate Aaron in a really good finish ending with two queens.

Denis Markov remains undefeated with another draw last night against Joe Mucerino. Ed Kline's win over Nick Christofides keeps him in the running for this year's Champion, but it won't be easy. Denis has one more game and Ed has two remaining. Ed and Joe Mucerino will most likely play their make-up game on February 22 after which the race begins all over to see who will get into the 2025 Championship.

Feb 9th - The Gap, round 1 - Donald Anderson

Round 1 is done. The challenge is pairing round 2. Can't explain how this is working but stay with me people. Don't anticipate who you'll play next week as the groups were only valid for pairing round 1.

Feb 6th - The Gap Swiss - Donald Anderson

The next 3 weeks is called the Gap (the end of the Reserve and the beginning of our 2024 schedule while we wait for the end of the Championship). We try to do some different kinds of things during the Gap just to add a twist to the games.  I am hoping that we have at least 16 players in each section (or in the combined sections) so we can run Accelerated pairings. Standard Accelerated pairings alter the basic rules of the Swiss System pairings in the first two rounds.

We will pair in the following way:

Round 1:

  • Players are divided into four groups from highest rating to lowest. Call them A, B, C and D from top to bottom.
  • Group A plays B, and group C plays D.

Round 2:

  • Winners from A will play each other.
  • Non-winners from A and winners from B play each other.
  • Non-winners from B and winners from C play each other.
  • Non-winners from D will play each other.
  • Byes from round 1 will be seeded in a group at the director’s discretion.

Round 3:

  • Everyone is fed back into the normal Swiss System.
  • Round 3 might not happen if the Championship concludes the night of Round 2. Then we’ll just start into our 2024 schedule.
  • Even if there is a round 3 there is the option of just skipping it and holding a Quad that night. Let me know if that interests you.
  • If we don’t get enough players for an Accelerated Swiss then I’ll use the Monrad system for pairings. Players are ranked based on their ratings, then #1 will play #2, #3 will play #4, and so on.
  • I am also open to Challenges. There are players who seldom, or have never, played each other. If there is someone you want to challenge let me know and I’ll try to make it happen.
  • So, be flexible over the next few weeks. No matter how we pair you “there are no easy games in this club”. You’ll get a good game every night.

Feb 5th - Reserve Swiss Results - Sean Pry

Hey everyone! Here are the final results and standings of the Reserve swiss and U1600 section.

Congratulations to Mel Ross and Patrick McRee for tying first place! Mel and Patrick had a full point and half point bye respectively- and a tournament like this can't be concluded with a bye. I found it very fitting as well that their final round was concluded in a draw.

Congratulations also to Craig Gerland, who I am dubbing the winner of the U1600 section. Although his score is tied with a few others, Craig was volunteered to play in the open section for round 4 - and drew Bob Flanagan. My thanks to Craig for helping balance out the tournament during a hectic round 4 pairing predicament.

The club championship plays on, so the next 3 weeks will be the 'Gap Swiss' run by Donald Anderson.

See you Thursday


Feb 2nd -Ed Snyder and Jim Larsen

Here are the results of last night's Championship games and the updated standings.

Again, all good games.

Denis Markov remains undefeated with only two games remaining.

Interestingly and funny, at the end of the game I heard Aaron Biscoe say draw and they shook hands. Denis and Aaron went out into the hallway and I went over to look at their final position. I thought there is no way that's a draw so I looked at the sheet for results and Denis had marked 1 Markov/Biscoe 0. I went out to talk to them and asked Aaron if he was making a joke when he said "draw?"

Actually, he wasn't. Aaron thought his King couldn't move and all his pawns were locked up. The Knight that Aaron thought was preventing his King from moving was on a different square. Aaron did have a move and Denis had two passed pawns. Everyone had a good laugh but Aaron thought we should have waited until this morning to tell him.

It's all good.

Jan 31 - Ed Snyder and Jim Larsen

Ed Kline and Preston Ladson played their make-up game tonight at Media.


I corrected the standings based on percentage of points with games played. It may look confusing but is more a more accurate representation because some member have played less games than others. It will all work out in the end once everyone has played seven games.

This PDF will give everyone a better idea of how things shape up.

Jan 26 - Ed Synder and Aaron Biscoe

Aaron Biscoe made an announcement last night that I think everyone in the club should be aware.

Drew Fleming, one of the clubs longest members, going back to I think when he was in high school, has been accepted by the Pennsylvania State Police as a Cadet. He will begin his academy training in June. He could have started in February but deferred due his wife's expected delivery of their second baby in March.

This is quite an accomplishment for anyone. It is an arduous journey encompassing many steps, all of which must be successfully passed, beginning with a written test and ending with an extensive background investigation.

Drew has another tough task ahead of him; getting through the six month training and then a three month "coach-pupil" assignment after graduation with a senior Trooper at his assigned station.

Be sure to congratulate Drew when you see him and wish him all the best

Jan 26 - Championship update - Ed Snyder

Good morning everyone. All three games last night were long and, I'm sure, grueling for the players. Ed Kline and Aaron Biscoe did not play and will make it up.

Preston Ladson and Nate Bryans had almost the exact time on their clocks throughout the entire game. Every time I checked on it this was the case which I thought unusual. Preston prevailed in the end.

Nick Christofides was low on time which seems to be normal for him and he pulled out the win over Joe Mucerino.

Denis Markov won over Greg Nolan to remain in first place.

Players that have missed games are making them up at Nick Lampros' Media Chess Club. This makes making up games extremely convenient.

Jan 24 - Ed Snyder and Jim Larsen

Denis Markov and Nate Bryans played their make-up game last night at the Media Chess Club with Denis winning.  The latest standings are below.

Jan 19 - Ed Snyder and Jim Larsen

Here are the results from last night. As usual some very interesting games and two, Mucerino/Bryans and Christofides/Markov were the last games to end. The Christofides/Markov game ended with Nick having 8 seconds and Denis 13. There was a lot of clock slapping and fast moving pieces. The Bryans/Mucerino game had Nate down to only a few seconds with Nate trying to win with a Bishop and two Pawns against Joe's Bishop and King. Both were well played, in my opinion, as was Aarons win over Greg.

Jan 19 - Donald Anderson

What a night. Great games by all. Most notable is the upset by Bob Flanagan (1526) over Preston Ladson (1883).

Open round 3 resuls:

Open standings after round 3

U1600 round 3 results

U1600 standings after round 3

Jan 18 - Ed Snyder

Here is the updated championship schedule.

Jan 14 - Bob Flanagan

A new page has been added to the site: Club member games!  If you have any game you would like to add, please send to Bob Flanagan, bobflanagan1@gmail.com. I just added the three games that Sean mentioned below.  Enjoy reviewing them!

Jan 14 - Sean Pry

All and sundry, greetings!

Here are the round 2 results and standings from the Reserve Swiss so far. A lot of nice chess has been played in this tournament- I'd love to give that a try someday.

Congrats to Ed Snyder who bested me, Bob Flanagan for his draw with Murcerino, and Ian Millstein who won an endgame while down a queen!

Mel Ross also had a notable game, but when I downloaded the .pgn it was only 3 bytes. Maybe he can demo the game in person next week.

See ya Thursday and have a nice weekend!

Jan 12 - Jim Larson

Below are the club championship match results thru round 2:

Jan 12 - Ed Synder

Here are the results of the WCCC Championship games from last night and the standings.

1 Biscoe/Ladson 0
1 Nolan/Christofides 0

Nolan 2
Biscoe 1
Christofides 1
Ladson 1
Markov 1
Bryans 0
Kline 0
Mucerino 0

Jan 12 - Ed Synder

Here is the championship schedule:

Jan 7 - Sean Pry

Here are the round 1 results from last Thursday. A lot of nice games to watch, including the championship.

Round 1 Reserve Swiss Open results

Round 1 Reserve Swiss U1600 results

See you next Thursday,

Jan 4 - Bob Flanagan

Tonight is the first night of the club championship for the 8 qualifying players.  And the first night of the Reserve Swiss, open to all players!

Dec 29 - Donald Anderson

Happy Chess New Year to all.

Reminder that the Club Championship starts next week. Those not in it will play in the 5-round Reserve and Under 1600. This will be the last year the Reserve will receive a trophy as it was voted on during Pizza Night not to award one next year (2025).

Annual club dues of $20 will be collected next week. Give your cash to our new club Treasurer, Jim Larsen. If he is not present you can give your dues to Aaron Biscoe (President) or to me.

Last night's results: McRee (1546) does it again. This time with a solid win over Aaron Biscoe (1817).

Dec 22 - Ed Synder

I totally enjoy running this event and watching the progress of all our members throughout the year to see who will play well enough to be entered. Last year we had three first timers in the Championship, Nate Bryans, Denis Markov, and Greg Nolan. They are in it again with another newcomer, Preston Ladson. With only one more game to play the final standing/seeding is unsure. As of last night's games here is how it shapes up.

1 Joe Mucerino 25
2 Greg Nolan 24.5
3 Denis Markov 23.5
4 Nate Bryans 22
5 Nick Christofides 21.5
6 Ed Kline 19
7 Preston Ladson 19
8 Aaron Biscoe 18

The advantage of being in the top four means four games as White. To many of us this doesn't mean a whole lot, but to these guys, our club's best players, it is another small advantage in a tight race.

I will provide the schedule to everyone and post the results throughout the seven round "Round Robin" event.

Who will the new contestants be next year? All of us have a chance.


Dec 15 - Donald Anderson

With only 2 games left Ian Millstein has been mathematically eliminated and the top 8 player field is set for the 2024 West Chester Club Championship - a 7 week round robin over 8 weeks (one makeup week).

During this time the Under 1600 will play for the Reserve champion in a 5-week Swiss. All others will play in a regular 5-week Swiss (to be named).

The 3 weeks following that we'll have a flexible schedule. If the championship has no makeup games we'll all come back together sooner and start the 2025 Championship "qualifications schedule". If not, we'll do a 3-week Accelerated Swiss (like rated players will play each other from the start). But I am open to doing another kind of tournament as well during those 2 or 3 weeks. Let me know what you'd like to do.

Dec 8 - Donald Anderson

With only 3 games left and by his absence last night Jim Larsen has been eliminated from the 2023 Championship running.

Holiday Swiss:  his is the last 4 week tournament of the year. And we got off with a bang! Upsets, upsets. Anthony Bowden (1606) mated Joe Mucerino (1997) and Patrick McRee (1546) beat Nat Bryans (1839). Three notable games were drawn, Aaron Biscoe(1817) vs Craig Gerland (1508), Robert Flanagan(1501) vs Keith Johnson (1816) and Jake Moses (1752) vs Rob McFadden (1421).

Dec 1 - Donald Anderson

We have one 4-game tournament left to decide the qualifiers for the 2024 Club Championship.

Nov 10 - Sean Pry

Round 2 results:

Oct 20 - Donald Anderson

Here is the latest list of Championship qualifiers. Anyone not on the list have been mathematically eliminated.

No more quads until next year! We have only 9 Thursdays left this year and since we are not open on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23) that leaves 8 which we have divided into two 4-week swiss tournaments. After that starts the Club Championship on January 4, 2024.

Oct 13 - Donald Anderson

One upset from last night's games. Todd Guay (1585) upset Aaron Biscoe (1901). Congrats Todd.


Sept 29 - Donald Anderson

No upsets last night but a lot of close games. Misra got a draw against Johnson. McRee, Flanagan and Moses played exceptionally well.

Sept 27 - Bob Flanagan

The YTD player results and the player list has been updated

Sept 22 - Donald Anderson

Here are the latest championship rankings. Top 8 make the cut. 9 to 10 players are still battling for the final spots with the Halloween Swiss coming this Thursday. Traditionally, huge upsets occur in this tournament. Should be fun.

Sept 21 - Ed Snyder

The results of the Autumal Equinox Quads have been posted to the USCF

Sept 18 - Ed Snyder

The results of the Late Summer Swiss tournament have been posted and updated for one minor correction.

Sept 1 - Ed Snyder

Here are the results from last night's games. Some interesting and long ones.

Aug 25 - Ed Snyder

Aug 16 - Sean Pry

  • The Founders' Swiss has been rated ! Follow this link to see the final results.

Aug 15 - Donald Anderson

Aug 2 - Sean Pry, Founders Swiss Round 2 results

July 25 - Sean Pry, Founders Swiss Round 1 results

July 13 - Independence Quad results (a quad is played every 5 weeks)  - Donald Anderson

July 8 - Donald Anderson

2024 Championship Standings

July 7 - Donald Anderson

Final Results of the Independence Swiss

June 6 - June Quad results (a quad is played every 5 weeks) - Ed Synder

June 1 - Blooming Swing Swiss results - Ed Synder

May 4 - Mayflower Quads Results

April 27 - April Showers Swiss Results

Mar 30 - Kickoff Quad results

Mar 23 - Kickoff Swiss Results

Mar 24 - Donald Anderson

Next week we will play a Quad (4 players similarly rated play each other). G30;d5, 3-round robin. A change of pace and a lot of fun. See you then.

2024 Championship Rankings

Final round results of the Kickoff Swiss are below.

Mar 23 - Donald Anderson

USCF event summary and player ratings of the Kickoff Swiss

Feb 23 - Donald Anderson

Final results of the GAP tournament on its USCF Events page

Feb 23 - Ed Synder

The WCCC Championship came to an end last night with the two remaining make-up games being played.

Denis Markov beat Jim Larsen to secure a clear second place.

Nate Bryans and Ed Kline drew their game.

Both games were played with the same intensity as if this was game one of the tournament.

This was a terrific tournament which included three players that have never been in the Championship previously. Perhaps next year we will have other new players in the tournament. That is one thing that makes it even more exciting each year.

Starting next week the race begins for those coveted eight slots. Everyone in the club is eligible to make it to the top eight, but you must play in the Open Section. The easy part is showing up frequently and the harder part is getting enough points to qualify.

Good luck to everyone.

Final results of the Club Championship on its USCF Event page

Feb 18 - Donald Anderson

Gap Round 2 Results:

Feb 17 - Ed Snyder


Joe drew his game last night with Nick Chirstofides to go undefeated against some extremely talented and strong players finishing with a 5-0-2 record. I'm not sure if anyone has completed the club championship with no losses. Great achievement, Joe.

There are two make-up games next week and there is no reason to think that they will be just as interesting as all the games have been so far.

Congratulations are also in order for the other seven members who made it to the Championship. That in itself is an achievement. After next week's games the race for the next Championship begins and everyone that plays in the Open Section has a chance of getting into it.

View results


Feb 10 - Bob Flanagan

The club player match results have been updated for the latest results in the Gap Tournament and the Club Championship.

Feb 10 - Donald Anderson

Gap Tournament results - The Gap is a 3-week event and then everyone will come back together for the start the new chess year. Here is the results from last night.

Gap Open Standings.  Round one match results:

Gap U1600 Standings.  Round one match results:

Feb 10 - Ed Synder

Here are the results and standings after last night's games. Three more players have lost the possibility of winning the title., but still can spoil those left.

Joe Mucerino beat Nate Bryans in a game that had a very tough, to me, endgame. Joe is still undefeated and only Denis Markov remains to catch him for a possible tie for the crown. Nate's loss knock him out of winning the championship.

Denis beat Nick Christofides which drops Nick out of the running.

Ed Kline won his game with Aaron Biscoe for his first win.

Greg Nolan beat Jim Larsen, but Greg is also mathematically eliminated.

From what I've seen the majority of these games could have gone either way. Many have been extremely close.

Feb 10 - Jim Larsen

Feb 6 - Bob Flanagan

The match results between club players (along with the latest USCF ratings) have been updated for YTD 2023 matchs.

Feb 6 - Aaron Biscoe

The West Chester Chess Club has updated it's vaccination policy.

We are no longer requiring vaccination to attend and play.
We are asking that you let the TD know if you are unvaccinated so anyone uncomfortable playing someone who is unvaxed can opt for a bye

Feb 3 - Ed Snyder

Because I think this is the most competitive Championship we've had, at least in my recollection, I've been surprised that there have been no draws. Well, that changed last night with two games being drawn.

Joe Mucerino is still alone in first place and is still undefeated, but he drew his game with Denis Markov. Denis was down to 26 seconds and had a rook and two pawns against Joe's rook and one pawn. Incredible finish with Joe down to a minute and change.

The other draw was between Nick Christofides and Ed Kline. Their game was down to a Kings and pawns ending with neither being able to secure an advantage.

Greg Nolan managed to beat Aaron Biscoe in another tough battle.

And, Nate Bryans managed to pick up another win against Jim Larsen.

Until last night everyone was still in the running, but now, mathematically, Jim Larsen, Aaron Biscoe, and Ed Kline are out of the running. Any of them can still spoil someone's chances. It remains as interesting as ever.

Feb 3 - Jim Larsen

Great games last night. Mucerino-Markov was extremely well played by both players.

Feb 3 - Sean Pry

Please see the following results of the West Chester Reserve Championship & U1600 section.

The West Chester chess club Reserve Champion is Andrew Fleming! Andrew is clear first with a score of 4.5/5. Notably, Andrew had a victory over former club champion Kevin Chen that helped secure his tournament lead.

The winner of the U1600 section is club newcomer, Will Sadler! Will scored 4.5/5, with 4 wins, 1 draw and 0 losses.

Following this tournament we will be running the 3 round 'Gap Swiss'. While we wait for the club championship to conclude, we will play a small 3 round tournament directed by Donald Anderson.

Donald shared with me that he will pair the tournament in the following manner:
>Board 1: Player 1 v Player 2
>Board 2: Player 3 v Player 4
>Board 3: Player 5 v Player 6
Sorted by their USCF rating. Frankly, I don't know if there's a name for this style of pairing.

Welcome to all the newcomers we have in the new year and I'll see you next Thursday!

Jan 27 - Sean Pry

Here are the results from round 4 of the Reserve Swiss! Next is the final round of the tournament after which we will have a Reserve Champ and U1600 Champ!

The main club championship has 4 more rounds to go and during that time we will be running the 'Gap Swiss', a shorter tournament to fill the time between the conclusion of the reserve and club championship. Donald Anderson will be the tournament director and he shared with me that he plans on shaking up the pairing system a little bit for fun.

Have a great weekend! And see you next time.

Jan 27 - Ed Snyder, Jim Larsen

The following are the results and standings after last night's games. All were interesting and competitive. In my opinion this year's championship is the most competitive one we've had. Everyone is well matched.


Joe Mucerino managed to fork Ed Kline's king and rook in their game. Ed resigned at this point and judging by his reaction he seemed totally caught off guard by this move. As a result Joe remains undefeated at 4 and 0.

Nick Christofides won over Greg Nolan and is keeping pace with Joe with 3 and 1. Their game should prove very interesting, which will be played on February 16.

Jim Larsen picked up his first win beating Aaron Biscoe. At one point Jim had two rooks, two knights, and one bishop against Aaron's two rooks. Aaron still played on forcing Jim to work a little to finally use the knights to form a mating net.

Denis Markov won over Nate Bryans in a very long struggle that seemed very close.

Three games and two make-ups remain. It's going to be fun.


Jan 20 - Ed Snyder

Last night's four games were all interesting and a couple were downright shootouts right to the end.

Joe Mucerino beat Greg Nolan and is the only undefeated player remaining in the Championship.

Aaron Biscoe managed to beat Nate Bryans in a real nail biter that went to the wire. Nate was able to hold his clock at 14 seconds for several moves before running out of time. Talk about using all your time, last week he had 8 seconds left when Nick Christofides resigned.

Nick was able to finally win over Jim Larsen in another nail biter that saw Nick with about two minutes and change to Jim's more than 20. When Nick mated Jim each had only seconds remaining. This was the last game to finish at 11:15.

Amazing how chess players can keep their focus for so long during such a tough mental struggle.

More next week.


JOE MUCERINO 3 3-0-0 1.000
GREG NOLAN 2 2-1-0 .666
DENIS MARKOV 1 1-1-0 .500
NATE BRYANS 1 1-1-0 .500
AARON BISCOE 1 1-2-0 .333
JIM LARSEN 0 0-2-0 .000
ED KLINE 0 0-2-0 .000



Jan 13 - Ed Snyder, Jim Larsen

WCCC 2023 Club Championship standings - Three more exciting games last night in the quest for this year's club champion. All were interesting and exciting and could have gone either way. It is said that chess is not a spectator sport, but I may have to disagree with that statement.

Here are the results and standings. Ed Kline and Nate Bryans had to postpone their game.

Jan 13 - Sean Pry

Round 2 results of the Reserve Swiss

Jan 6 - Ed Synder

Two of the first games in the WCCC Championship went down to the wire last night and were among the last to finish.

Aaron and Joe played a long and tough game that I think could have gone either way for a long time. In an ending with only a rook and several pawns each Joe finally got the advantage and won. Aaron was down to a minute and change and Joe had around six or seven minutes remaining. Very interesting to watch.

Nick and Nate played an incredible game that also could have gone either way with Nick finally resigning. Nick had four seconds remaining and Nate had eight.

Both of these games were difficult and hard fought by all four players.

Ed and Greg were finished early with Grey winning. I didn't get to see much of it but am sure it was equally tense and hard fought.

The game between Denis and Jim was postponed.

More great games in this struggle for the club Championship next week.

Jan 6 - Jim Larsen

Jan 3, 2023 - Bob Flanagan

The club member and matches page has been updated to have all matches for the year.

Club News from 2022 and prior years